James Polk – Columbia, Tennessee
James Polk, eleventh President of the United States (1845 – 1849) was the second POTUS to come from Tennessee and served as Commander in Chief during the Mexican War. At the conclusion of hostilities, the United States almost doubled in size with territories gained from Mexico. Additionally, it was the Polk Administration that negotiated the final treaty with Britain that defined the Oregon Territory, which eventually became the states of Washington and Oregon.
Polk served only one term and left the White House in ill health. He died within months of leaving Washington D.C.
The Polk home in Columbia, Tennessee is the only remaining home to serve as a museum to the Polk Presidency. The former President lived in the home early in his life and career.